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DIY Outdoor Kitchen

Thinking of building a DIY outdoor kitchen? Designing and building your outdoor kitchen yourself saves you the cost of hiring a professional and gives you complete control over the design. Whether you decide to build it yourself or go with a preassembled BBQ Island, the experts at BBQGuys show you the most popular DIY options to get the outdoor kitchen of your dreams!

Check out some of our customers DIY projects below. For more inspiration view our Outdoor Kitchen Design Gallery.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen

Build It Yourself

Building your own outdoor kitchen saves you money on labor costs and allows the convenience of building it at your own pace. We have put together some of the most popular materials for frames, walls, and counter-tops that can guide you in exactly which materials work best for your outdoor kitchen design.


BBQ Island Frame Types:

  • Wood Outdoor Kitchen Frame

    Wood

    • Combustible
    • *Most manufacturers require an insulated jacket if building in wood*
    • Hammer, nails, level, & saw are needed for installation
    • Minimal experience necessary for assembly
    • Most affordable material
    • Can be wrapped with cement board & covered with most wall materials
    • Price-$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Cinder Block Outdoor Kitchen Frame

    Cinder Block

    • Noncombustible
    • Constructed using mortar
    • A trowel & level are needed for installation
    • Experience necessary for assembly
    • Can be covered with any wall materials
    • No need for cement board
    • Price-$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Brick Outdoor Kitchen Frame

    Brick

    • Noncombustible
    • Constructed using mortar
    • A trowel & level are needed for installation
    • Can be used as your frame and exterior wall material
    • Brick is the most popular material for outdoor kitchen frames
    • Experience necessary for assembly
    • Price-$$$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Ready To Finish Outdoor Kitchen Frame

    Ready To Finish

    • Noncombustible
    • Includes galvanized square tubing and hardie backerboard
    • Easy to assemble purchased in modular cabinet sections
    • A drill, level, & grinder is needed for assembly
    • Can be wrapped with many different wall materials
    • Field customizable
    • Price-$$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Split Face Cinder Block Outdoor Kitchen Wall Material

    Split Face Cinder Block

    • Noncombustible
    • Constructed using mortar
    • A trowel & level are needed for installation
    • Can be used as your frame and exterior wall material
    • Experience necessary for assembly
    • No need for cement board
    • Price-$$$ (Estimate for materials only)

BBQ Island Wall Types:

  • Stucco Outdoor Kitchen Wall Material

    Stucco

    • Noncombustible
    • Applied using mortar & concrete bonding agent
    • A trowel is needed for installation
    • Easy to apply with little practice
    • Easy to maintain, and holds up well
    • Available in many different colors
    • Price-$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Wood Outdoor Kitchen Wall Material

    Wood

    • Combustible
    • *Most manufacturers require an insulated jacket if building in wood*
    • Most affordable material
    • Hammer, nails, level, & saw are needed for installation
    • Minimal experience necessary for assembly
    • Requires maintenance from wear
    • Price-$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Stone Outdoor Kitchen Wall Material

    Stone

    • Noncombustible
    • Applied using mortar
    • Trimmer, grinder, level, & trowel are needed for installation
    • Available in many colors
    • Very durable and can last for many years
    • Price-$$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Wood Veneer DIY

    Wood Veneer

    • Combustible
    • *Most manufacturers require an insulated jacket if building in wood*
    • Applied to cement board using glue or liquid nails
    • Veneer roller needed for installation
    • Splitting and cracking is reduced
    • Wood veneer are thin layers of wood glued onto a surface
    • Minimal experience necessary for assembly
    • More consistent in appearance than hardwood
    • Price-$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Brick Veneer DIY

    Brick Veneer

    • Noncombustible
    • Applied to cement board using mastic and mortar
    • Level, pointing tool, & wet saw needed for installation
    • Relatively easy to install, since there is only one layer of masonry
    • Made to weather extreme temperatures
    • Maintains look of brick
    • Price-$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Stone Veneer DIY

    Stone Veneer

    • Noncombustible
    • Applied to cement board using mortar
    • A trowel & level is needed for installation
    • Won't fade or discolor over time
    • Maintains look of stone
    • Low to zero maintenance
    • Price-$$ (Estimate for materials only)

BBQ Island Countertop Types:

  • Tile Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Material

    Tile

    • Easy to clean
    • Applied using thin set
    • A level, saw, wet saw, cutter, & tape measure are needed to install
    • Comes in different sizes and colors
    • Easy to clean and stain resistant
    • Very durable
    • Price-$$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Granite Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Material

    Granite

    • Easy to clean
    • Applied using caulk & epoxy
    • A level, seam setter, grinder, & caulk gun are needed to install
    • Most popular countertop material
    • Available in various shades and colors
    • Sealing is recommended to prevent stains
    • Price-$$$$$ (Estimate for materials only)
  • Concrete Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Material

    Concrete

    • Can be colored and textured
    • Applied using concrete mix
    • A nail gun, sander, saw, shovel, & trowel are needed to install
    • Must be sealed and waxed often
    • It can scratch and nick easier than granite
    • Requires maintenance
    • Price-$$$ (Estimate for materials only)

*DIY TIPS*

Now that you have picked out your materials, check out our helpful guide, What Do You Need In My Outdoor Kitchen? For more helpful tips when building your outdoor kitchen, our BBQGuys experts compiled a list of the 8 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid when building your outdoor kitchen.

When building your BBQ Island it's important to remember to add Island Vent Panels. According to most gas grill owners manuals your island must have proper ventilation. When it comes to properly ventilating your outdoor kitchen island, placement is everything. Make sure you install a vent panel on each side, and several on the back. Also, the type of gas you are using depends on where you need to install each vent panel. If using natural gas (NG), make sure to install each vent panel as high as possible on the island as natural gas rises. If using propane (LP), make sure to install the vents as low as possible as propane is a heavier gas that sinks.


BBQ Islands

BBQ Islands are a popular money saving option if you are looking for a budget friendly way to add an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. Preassembled BBQ Islands give you a quick and affordable way to add an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. With many styles to choose from, a complete bbq island gives you all the conveniences of the indoors nestled away in your backyard.

BBQ Island Advantages:

  1. Offers many different grill and outdoor storage options
  2. Available in many styles, colors, and shapes
  3. They are very durable
  4. They are easy to assemble
  5. They are made to withstand most weather conditions
  6. They are portable so you can take them with you if you move
  7. They are a budget friendly option to adding an outdoor kitchen
  8. You are buying it built so it's ready to use and you can start grilling that night